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Join Sam and me as we hike this scenic, forested trail in the San Gabriels. From the Buckhorn Campground trailhead, the Burkhart trail will lead us on a descent of about 1.5 miles to the payoff, a 25-foot waterfall. After visiting the falls, we will take a short side trip to Cooper Canyon wilderness camp via the Pacific Crest Trail (PCT). At this time of year, we may run into some PCT Thru Hikers who began their hike to Canada at the Mexican border in March or April with the end of their journey targeted for September/October. Our total hike distance will be about 6 miles, with 800 ft. of elevation gain during the return trip to the trailhead.

To get to the trailhead, take the Angeles Crest Hwy out of La Canada Flintridge for about 35 miles to Buckhorn Camp. There is no address for the camp and no name for the road where the entrance is. Look for the Buckhorn Campground sign, and make sure that you enter the gate to the campground, NOT the day use area. When you get to the 58.15 mile marker, the entrance to the campground is near. If you get to the 58.50 marker, you've gone too far. Use this link for driving directions from your starting location:

An Adventure Pass is required for parking. Leashed dogs are allowed on this hike.

Sam and I scouted this hike on Monday, June 1, and we were impressed. The forest of Cedar, Fir, Alder, and Redwood trees is beautiful. And the falls are scenic with a pool below containing many trout. Sam will bring a line with a barbless hook to see if we can pull one of them out of the water for a closer look. You will see lots of squirrels and lizards along the trail. Sam and I also ran into a small rattlesnake on our way back to the car. I won't mind if we don't run into him again.